Advocacy Defines the Future – Vol 4 of The Political Librarian Now Available
We are proud to announce the release of Volume 4, Issue 1 of "The Political Librarian", our journal of public policy and tax policy for libraries.
This issue includes cutting-edge thinking on issues affecting the future of the common good, and how funding for libraries follows the values espoused by a community. As series editor Dustin Fife says in his introduction:
"Libraries have entered financially perilous times as the merits of public services, once described as “common goods,” are under attack. Institutions that have been unassailable for over a century are being undercut nationally and locally. Public schools are being stretched financially by for-profit charters, prisons are being privatized, and libraries and museums are being asked to quantify the unquantifiable. Asking questions is a good thing, and services can be justified through both quantitative and qualitative research, and should be. Questions about the inequitable distribution and implementation of public services are essential. But what do we do when the idea of a “common good” existing at all is under attack? How do libraries, as one indispensable aspect of the public square, help protect the entire public square? The answer is politics and policies."
Fife goes on to say "All of these articles implore each of us to wake up and do more than retweet ideas, policies, and services that we believe in. We must be policy advocates and build a better and brighter public square." The Issue is available open access and for free via our hosts at the Open Scholarship platform at Washington University in St. Louis.
Vol 4, Issue 1 (2018)
Table of Contents
Editorial Note: Advocacy Defines the Future
You Should be a Policy Advocate!
Why Stories Matter
A Progressive Era Eulogy for Libraries
Relationships Matter in Politics
Everyday Life, Everyday Democracy in Libraries: Toward Articulating the Relationship - Peer Reviewed
Special thanks to our editorial team of Dustin Fife, Series Editor, Rachel Korman, Assistant Editor, Johnna Percell, Editing, Design and Layout, and Annie Smith, Editorial Support. EveryLibrary welcomes submissions of new opinion pieces, white papers, research, and peer reviewed submissions on issues affecting the policy and funding future of libraries of all types. Our next issue of The Political Librarian is scheduled for December 2018. Please review our submission guidelines for more information.
Our next "The Political Librarian" webinar is Thursday, June 7th featuring insights on local library politics and funding by Peter Bromberg. The original work his webinar is based on "Building Support for your Library Budget: A Recipe for Success" appeared in Volume 3, Issue 1 (2017).